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[Theme #01] We Are Speeching American 
6th-Jun-2008 11:49 am
[PoT] - Yagyuu Hiroshi
Title: We are Speeching American
Theme: English proficiency in the Philippines
Word Count: 300
Genre: Very bad Humor
Explanation: While the Philippines is known for its bilingual ability to speak Filipino and English better than most countries, this reputation is, in fact, diminishing. Most of those who can't read or write English properly belong to the masses, most likely because of media influence, or lack of education. If this continues, our pride for our mastery in English might crumble.
Notes: [Edited at June 08] This is the second draft. Thanks to tanteicchi for the help. <3


Andrew wasn't so sure that Jose was up for the job when he met him to discuss his resume. Indeed, he did have the minimum requirements to take up a call center job at the Emerald Enterprise, but his background of being a jeep driver for a couple of years made him think twice.

Come on, give it a try! A voice whispered into his ear, and he had to agree. First impressions are often wrong, right?

It led to a fiasco.

Andrew still wasn't so sure even though Jose greeted him on the first day with a goofy smile on his face. He had to check his performance on his own. He had to hear his English with his very own ears.

And so, he decided to put a recording device on the phone that he was going to use. That way, he could hear both Jose and his client. When his shift was over, Andrew immediately checked the recording device and played it privately in his own office. After a few minutes of static, the conversation was finally clear.

“Good Morning?” Andrew gulped. From the accent, it was very clear that his first client was, in fact, a purebred American. He hoped that Jose had the knowledge to answer in profecient English.

Wrong.

“Gud meerning, ser. How mey I helpeng you?

“Um...” after a few moments of silence, the American responded. “Ah yes. Is the Emerald open on weekends?”

“Yes, we isss. However, we is open en lunch.”

“Pardon?”

“Yes?”

“Do you know English?”

“Yes seer.”

After that, the American rudely hung up, leaving Jose on the line. Andrew slapped his forehead in annoyance, turning off the recording. He didn't want to hear any more of it.

Needless to say, he fired Jose first thing the next morning.
Comments 
6th-Jun-2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Great composition! Such "bad humor" indeed... :) Why didn't you include an extra character named Kurama? XP Then it would be more culturally diverse... and proof that even our favorite foxy characters can sometimes speak better English than we do! XP
6th-Jun-2008 04:04 am (UTC)
Oh, hi there!! 8D
Kurama? Umm, he does know how to speak English, but I doubt it is proper to include a fictional Japanese character in a Philippine setting. Besides, what would HE be doing in Emerald Enterprise!? *cough*
6th-Jun-2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Not proper? Why, that would be all right. Assuming that one time he jumped out of the screen and came to life. He'd have a LOT of things to do in Emerald Enterprise, I'm sure. Searching for his biggest fan with a knife in his hand, longing to kill her--or, should I say, for the sake of making this more appropriate--kiss her!!! (wth?!) Just kidding. But yes, he really should be there. XD
7th-Jun-2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Ah, fine. You win. I'll try to put him in the next theme or so. XD
7th-Jun-2008 09:23 am (UTC)
So this is what you meant. Interesting. I'll have to think shallower in order to think up of something creative.
7th-Jun-2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
Um, yes. ^^;

Really? You take it as shallow? Oh no, I knew it wasn't my best work. DX I thought my real opinion on the subject was too deep. DX

And actually, the story just came out of nowhere.
7th-Jun-2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Check my Profile and you'll know why I think of it as shallow.
7th-Jun-2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oho, an Evangelion fan too. (As if I didn't know it from the start. XD) Well, the theme isn't really my forte. I'm better at themes of internal conflict and survival. XD
19th-Jun-2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Lovely! The plot is not that complex, and you were able to make a point. The situation you presented is not unusual in the corporate world in the Philippines. Jose, though, is a rather far-fetched character.

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